Cats out to see Thompson

If you don't think that Hollis Thompson is one of the premier recruits in the 2009 recruiting class, all you have to do is look at the list of coaches who have been to visit the small forward over the past two days.

Thompson, a five-star small forward from Loyola High School, has already welcomed some big time visitors to his high school in the first few days that college coaches can go out and visit recruits.

On Monday it was the staffs from UCLA and Stanford were on hand, while Tuesday saw Arizona and Duke coaches at the school to watch the 6-6 forward practice.

"It was definitely a big honor to have Coach K and Coach Olson here," Thompson said.

As the week progresses Thompson expects more teams to come out and watch him practice.

"It's going to be a pretty packed week," Thompson said.

Thompson does not have a list yet, but it is obvious that at least three teams are among his favorites.

He admitted that he grew up a Duke fan and that could help the Blue Devils in their effort.

"Yeah, it will help a little bit," Thompson admitted.

Thompson attended the Arizona elite camp and had a good time. His experience in Tucson helped the Wildcats' cause and make them a factor in his recruitment.

"That was a fun time," Thompson explained. "I really enjoyed myself there."

Although he did not specifically list UCLA, it does appear that the Bruins will be a factor. In addition to Ben Howland being on hand the first day he could, Thompson said that future Bruin guard Jrue Holiday is a player he'd love to play with.

"I've never played with him before but Jrue Holiday looks like he'd be really fun to play with," Thompson said.

As of now Thompson plans on taking his time to make a decision and make some more trips, but he admits that could change if one school jumps out at him.

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